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On with the show
MUSKET's productions are often
as eccentric as the group's name:
the Michigan Union Shows, Ko-Eds,
The troupe's origins date back to
1908, when it was called the Michi-
gan Union Opera Company. The
name was changed to MUSKET in
1956, when women were added to
the group and the focus was shifted
to performing musicals.
Today, the group puts on two
shows per year and stands out on
campus as the only musical theater
troupe that is entirely student-run.
The student staff of MUSKET
consists of four producers, who
stay on throughout the year, and a
changing set of marketers, directors,
actors, orchestra members and stage
crew, who vary by show.
This group differs from most
campus productions because it often
offers parts to students from differ-
ent schools and departments in the
University, according to Music, The-
atre & Dance senior Trevor Spon-
seller, one of MUSKET's producers.
"What's really cool is that we get
a lot of theater and musical theater
people, and then we get alot of really
talented people from LSA and engi-
neering and nursing and education,
completely different majors," he
In choosing such a diverse cast,
members of MUSKET say they are
trying to promote the ultimate goal
of the troupe: to produce a student
theater that offers theatrical oppor-
tunities to all.
Because the group is student-run,
Sponseller said it also has more free-
dom in the musicals that it chooses to
"We like to do edgier shows, stuff
that tests the boundaries a little bit
more than the department shows,"
In the past, MUSKET has per-
formed shows like "Assassins," "Uri-
netown,""The Rocky Horror Picture
Show" and "The Full Monty."
Maintaining that edgy theme is
MUSKET's selection for this fall: the
rock musical "Hair."
The musical follows the lives and
tribulations of a hippie tribe living
in Central Park in New York City in
the 1960s. The characters deal with
complex issues like sexuality, iden-
tity and the Vietnam War draft.
plays one of the leads, said he knew
from the beginning that this year's
performance would be a "powerful
"These are powerful people, each
and every one with a story, each and
every one with a history, and bag-
gage, and experiences, and joys and
pains," he said. "And we're all com-
ing together to pour ourselves into
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Members of the MUSKET musical theatre company rehearse
for their upcoming production of "Hair" in the Student Theatre
Cash stolen from You break it,
CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES
Breaking the Performance
WHERE: Biomedical Science
WHEN: Monday at about
WHAT: A female staff mem-
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stolen from her purse that was
left unattended in a classroom,
University Police reported.
There are no suspects.
Out of sight, out
WHERE: Central Campus
WHEN: Monday at about 7 p.m.
WHAT: A student left his bag
unattended for about an hour
and returned to find miscel-
laneous items missing, Univer-
sity Police reported..
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WHERE: University Hospital
WHEN: Monday around 11:45
WHAT: A staff member
reported that a patient punched
a hole in the wall and tore down
the shower curtains in a room in
the Maternal and Child Health
Area. University Police reported
that the patient will be charged
$500 for damages.
Lock cut, bike
WHERE: 750 North Univer-
WHEN: Monday at about 8 p.m.
WHAT: A student left her bike
locked up for four days and
whenshe returned for it found
the lock cut and the bike gone,
University Police reported.
The bike was valued at $100,
WHAT: A brief presentation
about the Congo Conflict,
followed by a screening of
the documentary "Rape of a
Nation" and a discussion.
WHO: African Student Asso-
WHEN: Tonight at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Michigan Union
WHAT: Louise O'Brien leads
a discussion on Sleep-Disor-
dered Breathing's connection
with obesity and poor preg-
WHO: Institute for Research
on Women and Gender
WHEN: Today from 3 to
WHERE: Lane Hall
WHAT: Female songwriters
and singers Eric McKeown
and Jill Sobule perform.
WHO: Institute for Research
on Women and Gender
WHEN: Tonight at 8 p.m.
WHERE: The Ark
WHAT: A lecture from
Melissa Chiu about the last
three decades of Chinese
WHO: Museums Theme Year
WHEN: Tonight from 6:30 to
WHERE: Helmut Stern
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she called an unprecedented offer
to curb Jewish settlement on lands
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